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This page features brief excerpts of stories published by the mainstream media and, less frequently, blogs, alternative media, and even obviously biased sources. The excerpts are taken directly from the websites cited in each source note. Quotation marks are not used.

  • The Deficit Hawks That Make Moderate Democrats Cower

    The Commitee For a Responsible Federal Budget has lobbied both parties toward austerity policies for decades. Writer Alex Yablon examines the group's origins and impact beginning in the Clinton era. 

  • The Muddled History of Anti-Asian Violence

    The COVID pandemic has led to increased hostility and violence targeting Asian Americans. Younger activists, who want to define these attacks as crimes of bias, struggle to convince the wider society that these individual incidents are part of a historical pattern of racism. 

  • Lightning Strikes Twice: Another Lost Jacob Lawrence Surfaces

    A Manhattan nurse learned that a painting in her apartment was the missing Panel 28, "Immigrants admitted from all countries: 1820 to 1840—115,773,” in Jacob Lawrence's "Struggle: From the History of the American People." 

  • Former Procter and Gamble CEO: America and the World Need History Majors

    by John Pepper

    "Paraphrasing former Yale President and MLB Commissioner Bart Giamatti, I love history because I have come to see that without a knowledge of the past — its realities and causative relationships –— we cannot hope to construct an action agenda able to lead us to a better future."

  • Democrats Can't Kill the Filibuster. But they Can Gut It

    by Norman Ornstein

    The veteran congressional analyst argues that there are reforms short of blowing up the filibuster that could win the support of two recalcitrant Democrats and allow the party to pass legislation, largely by returning to older Senate rules governing the filibuster.

  • Shelia Washington Dies at 61; Helped Exonerate Scottsboro Boys

    Shelia Washington read the story of the Scottsboro Boys as a teen, dedicated her life to preserving knowledge of their case, and finally spearheaded an effort that led the state of Alabama to exonerate the wrongly convicted men. 

  • The Lie at the Heart of the Western

    New novels disrupt the stories of white heroism at the heart of the Western genre and grapple with the multiethnic, violent, and exploitative history of the continent. 

  • The Campaign to Cancel Wokeness

    Columnist Michelle Goldberg examines the roots of the academic Critical Race Theory movement, and concludes that while its practitioners are sometimes willing to prioritize justice over free speech, the right today simply wants to suppress ideas it fears.

  • The Untold Story of Queer Foster Families

    by Michael Waters

    Before the legal recognition of same-sex adoptive parents, social workers around the country made decisions to place gay and lesbian teens with gay and lesbian foster parents as a humane and protective act.